On a good day, I don’t shed a tear. On a bad day, there’s not enough tissues to go around. I’m looking forward to waking up one day soon and feeling my broken heart is healed. On that day, I’ll be able to look back and feel grateful for being part of something bigger than me, something that gave me the chance to love something outside of my small world as I knew it. And then I can smile instead of cry. But for now, I have my prayers and my faith.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3

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Sharon – Embracing My Joy

Happy New Year!

Another year is behind us. As many do, I’m looking back on the past twelve months with mixed emotions. Yes, there are some moments I’d like to forget. In this final countdown to the new year, I’m letting go of the difficult times, the tears shed, and those random moments that caused me to forget that I do, in fact, lead a joyful life.

I’m breaking from those brief periods of time that felt like an eternity; those chapters in my life that led me to believe my spirit of love, light, and joy had ceased to exist. I’m forgiving myself for letting my guard down in those pockets of time that were far from bliss and closer to misery.

But in looking back, I can’t deny the joyful memories that eclipse the unpleasant. For every tear, there were a dozen smiles; for every failure, a handful of victories; for every bout of weakness, a tower of strength. And, as always, my faith and gratitude remain.

So, here’s to looking back on the past year while looking forward to the next. I’m hopeful and excited for a fresh start. On the horizon are new beginnings. And whatever those beginnings come to be: friendships, love, adventures, or just random joyful moments scattered throughout the new year, I welcome them all with open arms. And with every new beginning, there is comfort in knowing that for everything there is a season.

Sharon – Embracing My Joy

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3


All Things are Possible

Yes, it’s true. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Where I haven’t seen how my goals would come to pass, He’s made the impossible materialize.

I’ve always thought God has a sense of humor. When I think of the ways He’s chosen to make my dreams a reality, both past and present, the subtleties are amusing. We’ve all experienced it and chalked it up to coincidence. Not so. It’s prayer. It’s faith. It’s God working masterfully behind the scenes.

I know the power of faith. I know I can turn to him in gratitude, in despair, in love. I ask for what I think I want. And while I wait in expectation, I thank Him for blessing me with what He knows I need.

Sharon – Embracing my Joy

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26


Be Encouraged

For those of us who need to be comforted and reminded.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10


Fighting the Good Fight

Life is not always about puppies, hugs, and an unlimited supply of my favorite tortilla chips! There are times when “embracing my joy” eludes me. The challenging times. The moments that are often most memorable but I’d rather forget. But this is the essence of life, isn’t it? This is what makes us who we are. And it’s the multitude of these experiences that allow me to feel this life I’m living.

As misery breeds only sorrow, so does joy inspire moments of peace, snippets of laughter and, simply put, a more pleasurable life. As I move forward in my life, I do so with enthusiasm for more and everlasting hope. I’m grateful for the joyful moments knowing it’s only the beginning. There’s more to come.

And through it all, my faith is unwavering.

Sharon – Embracing My Joy

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have served the Lord faithfully.” – 2 Timothy 4:7